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Dynamic Area Management Zone 

Effective 0001 hours September 2, 2004, through 2400 hours September 16, 2004

Dear ALWTRT Member or Interested Party:

On August 17, 2004, fifteen right whales were sighted in the proximity of  4255' N latitude and 6900' W longitude, which resulted in NOAA Fisheries taking action under the Dynamic Area Management (DAM) program to provide protection for this aggregation of North Atlantic right whales.

NOAA Fisheries announces that lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen must comply with the required gear modifications (see below) in an area east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, effective 0001 hours September 2, 2004, through 2400 hours September 16, 2004.  The regulations apply to lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen in an area totaling approximately 2,600 square nautical miles (nm2) (8,918 km2).  Once effective, all anchored gillnet and lobster trap/pot gear must comply with the gear restrictions required to continue fishing in a DAM zone for the restricted time period.    In addition, NOAA Fisheries requires that no additional gear be set in the DAM zone during the 15-day period unless that gear has been modified accordingly.

Coordinates for the DAM Zone, effective from 0001 hours September 2, 2004, through 2400 hours September 16, 2004, are as follows:

 4320'N,  6924'W (NW Corner)
 4320'N,  6836'W
 4205'N,  6836'W
 4205'N,  6924'W

Special note for gillnet fishermen: This DAM zone overlaps the year round Northeast Multispecies' Cashes Ledge Closure Area.  This DAM action does not supersede Northeast Multispecies Closures found at 50 CFR 648.81.

Click here for permit holder letter including the DAM zone coordinates and restrictions is available on the ALWTRP website ( under "What's New." 


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